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Trying New Things is True to the CrossFit AND Paleo Lifestyles – and Clean Complex

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A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough have the opportunity to try out Rock Climbing for the first time. Now, this was not just me heading out to a rock and trying my hand at something new, but was an actual class led by the folks at Sports Basement, so we were in good hands.

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Now, here’s the thing. I am terrified of heights. Seriously. TERRIFIED. And yet, with the thorough safety training and the obvious expertise of our teachers, I felt completely confident and safe the whole time we were climbing. The whole class lasted for about 6 hours, and by the time I was done, not only had I climbed some really tough stuff (thank you CrossFit!), but I felt very confident in my ability to take what I had learned and use it again. And I can’t wait! I actually would love to get a group of us over to Rockzilla to try it out…. Just have to talk with them first.

What I’m getting to here – yes, I have a point – is that a very large part of the philosophy of CrossFit is to “regularly learn and try new sports” – that’s straight from Greg Glassman’s “World-Class Fitness in 100 Words.” Not only that, but the Paleo and Primal Lifestyle isn’t just about eating Almond Butter instead of Peanut Butter, but even more importantly it’s about a mind-body connection that improves the overall quality of your life. It’s about being healthy in regards to nutrition, yes, but also being healthy in your mind. And mental health requires us to have FUN! 

I don’t know about you, but when I was young, fun for me was play, it was recess, it was running towards a huge pile of leaves and doing a faceplant. And that’s what the Rock Climbing (and CrossFit, too!) felt like to me. Without the face-plant, of course.

So, what’s fun for you? What new things do you want to try? Why not share those ideas with your family and friends and fellow CrossFitters (maybe write it on the Social Club Board!)? It’s almost always easier to try something new when you have a friend with you. Go on, be brave! Heck, if you can tackle a WOD like “Helen” or “Kelly” or “Fran,” you can climb mountains!



Thursday’s Workout

Clean Complex – Find 1 RM (1 Rep = 1 Deadlift + 1 Hang Power Clean + 1 Front Squat + 1 Clean (yes, this means from the floor all the way down into the bottom of the squat)

WOD: EMOM 10 Minutes
3 Cleans (use 90-100% of 1 RM weight from above)
5 Push-ups

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